Andre Iguodala, Danny Granger, Kevin Durant: Let These Swingmen Be Your "Wings"
Every fantasy owner wants guys who can do it all. Many fantasy owners are fixed on acquiring a combo guard (a player who can play point and shooting guard) to give their team a boost. Right now players like Dywane Wade, Joe Johnson, and Brandon Roy come at a premium in the fantasy market.
Just as there are some dominate combo guards in the NBA, there are some equally talented swingmen (a player who can play shooting guard or small forward) who aren't getting the fantasy love they deserve.
Here's a list of star-caliber players who will help you in a variety of categories and they aren't overpriced, yet.
Andre Iguodala, Philadelphia 76ers
Iguodala started the season off slow, but he had an impressive December and is off to a great January. With Elton Brand out for at least another month, if not the whole season, Iguodala will continue to be the Sixers’ primary option.
He is a potential 20 point scorer every night who is averaging 6.4 rebound, 5.1 assists, and 1.6 steals per game. Many owners are still frustrated with Iguodala's start to the season and are willing to trade him for a discount. If you don't need threes, he's your perfect swingman.
Kevin Durant, Oklahoma City Thunder
This blossoming superstar had one of the best December's in the NBA. Durant is playing around 40 minutes per night which gave him an opportunity to average 25.1 points, 7.7 rebound, 2.9 assists, 1.5 steals, and 1.3 blocks per game in December. All of those are above his season averages.
Durant is quickly learning to use his length to his advantage off the wing, and he hits over one three per game. Durant requested the Thunder draft Russell Westbrook who has been earning more minutes, which has contributed to Durant’s success.
Durant finished last season better than he started and you can expect the same for this year. Trade a player who's reached his ceiling for Durant's through-the-roof potential.
Danny Granger, Indiana Pacers
Nobody is surprised with Granger's numbers this season, but he has yet to become a household name in the NBA. Mike Dunleavy is expected to come back soon, but I wouldn't expect his presence to cut into Granger's numbers too much. Dunleavy will relieve pressure from Granger, helping his turnovers, assists, and shooting percentages.
Granger is one of the NBA's highest volume three point and free throw shooters and he shoots above average percentage for both. He has improved his passing to 3.4 assists per game this season and is boarding, stealing, and blocking above his career numbers.
Convince other owners that Granger will take a hit with Dunleavy comes back, then get him at a price that fits your budget.
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